SJ Leatherdale


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Odgers Interim London office

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S-J Leatherdale, is a Partner and Head of Odgers Interim’s Health Practice. She works closely with her colleagues in our Search business, Odgers Berndtson, to provide a comprehensive recruitment service across all disciplines – including appointments to the Management Board who build capacity in acute trusts, mental health and community trusts, clinical commissioning groups, commissioning support units, regulatory bodies, independent providers and public health both on a local and national level.

S-J is also responsible for our Life Sciences and Private Healthcare practice where, with her team, she supports Pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, telehealth and personalised medicine companies as well as the Private Healthcare and Care Home arena find, highly experienced functional and technical candidates to meet their requirements.

The demands of these two diverse sectors are varied, ranging from the complete Board of Directors - Chief Executive Officers, Directors of Finance, Directors of Nursing and Governance specialists to Commissioners, Accountable Officers , Chief Development Officers, Clinical Development Directors/Hospital Directors to General Managers.

S-J also helps her clients to find experienced Interim Executive’s across the full range of corporate/functional roles as well as Programme, Transformation & Turnaround and Project & Strategic Managers/Directors.

S-J is a highly experienced recruiter with over twenty years’ experience across a variety of sectors, including financial services. S-J started her career in the UK before moving overseas to work in Hong Kong and across Asia Pacific. On returning to London, she took on an HR role in Local Government, which gave her a much broader understanding of interim in-house needs, before being tempted back into recruitment by Odgers Berndtson.

S-J grew up in Tokyo and was educated at the International School of the Sacred Heart. She gained a full tennis scholarship in West Palm Beach Community College, USA. S-J has also served as a member of the Child Protection, Adults at Risk Committee for the Lawn Tennis Association, over several years. She has a good command of Japanese and considers oriental culture to be a big part of her life. S-J’s other interests include a continued passion for sport, travel and for current affairs.


  • Healthcare

    The evolution of healthcare continues to provide challenges for organisations across the public and private spectrum. Both sectors need to increase their capacity to hire individuals who recognise the need to focus on delivery whilst adding value.

  • Life Sciences

    As life sciences continues to experience radical change in the competitive landscape; strong leadership talent is the differentiator.


  • Board & CEO

    As world-class organisations grapple with the global challenges of the 21st century, it is their leaders that define success.

  • Corporate Communications

    Chief executives are recognising the importance of strengthening and protecting corporate reputation and the vital role played by corporate communications in doing this.

  • Financial Management

    As the role of the finance function in corporate decision-making becomes ever-increasingly important, so the demands on finance leaders are rising.

  • Human Resources

    HR has become a commercial business partnering role; finding candidates who can make a genuine contribution to the organisation is paramount to a successful appointment.

  • IT Management

    Today's Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) play a vital role in the creation of the firm's strategic plan and in articulating how technology can enable business strategies.

  • Legal

    The law plays an increasing role in business life today; corporate and practicing lawyers at the height of their profession are hard to attract.

  • Sales & Marketing

    Finding quality sales and marketing people who will really deliver for your organisation is all about uncovering what’s behind the personal pitch.

  • Procurement & Supply Chain

    Odgers Interim are leaders in interim procurement and interim supply chain appointments. As the demand for specialist procurement & supply chain expertise increases our practice recognises the need for an international network of interim managers.